Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:18
I'd go with all the advice given above, the most important of which is "Do it a bit at a time". That way, not only does the work keep your interest hooked on but also plays well with your body / spine (which are well put to the test). I recently revamped quite a bit in my garden (lopping trees, fence replacement, shed removal, summerhouse roof fixing, rotovating.. the list goes on - not all by myself I hasten to add). The following pointers helped me
1. Make a list of top 10 things to do + bits and bobs.
2. Sequence them : This identifies the top priority job so that there is minimal re-work (e.g. it'd be heartening to see your new lawn rampaged by builders / tree surgeons clearing up). The bits and bobs can be "plugged in" when you don't have the luxury of a lot of time or energy
3. Youtube it : Plenty of stuff around for inspiration
4. Planting : browse through some good GardMags + Books for inspiration.
Most importantly, work WITH the area and not Against it. Best not to start from a blank canvas just yet
And when you reach the logical end (say Sep / Oct) make a note of what worked, what didn't, what you really liked doing, what you hated.